F. W. de Klerk

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Frederik Willem de Klerk
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Personal details
Born (1936-03-18) 18 March 1936 (age 84)
Johannesburg, Transvaal, Union of South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Political partyNational Party
New National Party
Spouse(s)Marike Willemse (1959–1998)
Elita Georgiades (1998–present)
ChildrenJan de Klerk
Willem de Klerk
Susan de Klerk
Alma materPotchefstroom University
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionAttorney

Frederik Willem de Klerk (born 18 March 1936 in Johannesburg) is a South African politician.[1] He was the president of South Africa from 1989 to 1994. In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace with Nelson Mandela.[2] They were given the prize for peacefully ending apartheid and setting up a new government in South Africa. From 1994 to 1996 he was vice president of South Africa. In 1997, he retired from politics. In 2004, he left the New National Party, when it became known that it wanted to unite with the African National Congress to form a single party.

De Klerk studied to be an attorney. He finished his studies in 1958. As a student, he joined the National Party. After obtaining his degree, he was their legal counsel, until 1972. From his first marriage with Marike Willemse he has three children. Since 1998, he has been married to Elita Georgiades.

References

  1. "F.W. de Klerk - Biography". nobelprize.org. 2012 [last update]. Retrieved 16 August 2012. Check date values in: |year= (help)
  2. "The Nobel Peace Prize 1993". nobelprize.org. 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.


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